Snapshots from Turkey, 22 July - 1 August 2008

Izmir and Ephesus

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Breakfast on balcony of host family apartment in Izmir, after an early-morning flight from Istanbul.

Perched on this hilltop near Selcuk, district of Izmir, is the "Goat Fort".

According to our driver, this fortress is so named because a small besieging army, which could not take fort directly, approached at night with a large herd of goats, each carrying a candle.  The defenders fled in fear of the huge approaching enemy host.

We passed this fort on the way to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site where Mary is traditionally believed to have spent her last days, after travelling to Ephesus with the apostle John.


House of the Virgin Mary


House of the Virgin Mary
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Ruins at Ephesus.

In New Testament times, when Ephesus was a thriving city, the Aegean Sea would have been visible in the mid-background.

This walkway was surely trod by the Apostle Paul during his visit to the Ephesians (i.e., Acts, Ch. 19).

Front of Celsus Library at Ephesus.

 

Ruins of theater at Ephesus.

Ephesus is one of the best-preserved of ancient Greek cities (presumably because the retreating Aegean Sea left the region too isolated for the stones to be carried off).

 

Ruins of 4th century church at Ephesus.

The plant in the foreground is an aromatic herb,
Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper).
     [identification courtesy Dr. Halil Aydin, Dokuz Eylul University]

 

City of Izmir (Smyrna), from balcony of of our dinner host family.


Izmir waterfront


Izmir waterfront


Clocktower, emblem of Izmir


Gate in old city wall

Balcony dinner with host family in Izmir.

The man with white checked shirt on left is a biology educator, Hayil Aydin.  In the red shirt is our host, a baker.


The scarf is a gift from the women.

Our host in his bakery


Tea at a hilltop, overlooking the harbor


Lights across Izmir harbor
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Izmir, Ephesus
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Antalya, Aspendos Konya (Rumi's Tomb) Cappadocia